Saudi Cabinet condemns terror attacks in Egypt, Tunis

The Cabinet was informed about the results of the crown prince’s visits to South Korea and Japan. (SPA)
Updated 03 July 2019

Saudi Cabinet condemns terror attacks in Egypt, Tunis

  • Pledges to continue support for Palestinian rights

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday condemned the terrorist attack on Abha International Airport carried out by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias in which nine civilians, including an Indian citizen, were injured.
The Cabinet stressed the assertion of the Arab coalition that the terrorists behind this attack will be held accountable in accordance with the international laws and conventions.
Following the session chaired by King Salman at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, Dr. Issam bin Saad bin Saeed, state minister, Cabinet member and acting minister of media, said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency that he wished the injured people a speedy recovery.
The Cabinet reasserted that the Kingdom will keep on supporting Palestinian refugees, and emphasized the contents of the Kingdom’s speech at the conference for supporting the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in New York and its reiteration to the Palestinians’ inalienable right of return.
The Cabinet also strongly condemned the terrorist attack in El-Arish, north Sinai in Egypt, and the two bomb blasts in Tunis. The ministers also condemned the unfortunate events that took place at the Bahrain Embassy in Baghdad at the hands of protesters and praised the Iraqi government’s stance and the measures it took the ensure the safety of the Bahraini envoy.
Bin Saeed said the Cabinet was informed about the results of the Kingdom’s participation in the G20 Summit held in the Japanese city of Osaka. The Kingdom’s delegation was headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who met – on the sidelines of the summit – the leaders and heads of participating states who reviewed cooperation with Kingdom and discussed ways to bolster mutual cooperation.
The Cabinet was also informed about the results of the crown prince’s visits to South Korea and Japan.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Cabinet also strongly condemned the terrorist attack in El-Arish, north Sinai in Egypt and the two bomb blasts in Tunis.

• The ministers also condemned the unfortunate events that took place at the Bahrain Embassy in Baghdad.

• It was also informed about the results of the crown prince’s visits to South Korea and Japan.

The Cabinet accepted donations of SR10 million ($2.7 million), SR5 million and SR2 million from King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi interior minister respectively for the second phase of “Fourijat” service, as a way to provide constant attention to reuniting prisoners and their families and provide their needs.
The Cabinet confirmed that the Kingdom’s membership of the Group of States of the Joint Ministerial Statement on Electronic Commerce of the World Trade Organization reflects the leadership’s interest in e-commerce to achieve the goals of Vision 2030.
The Cabinet decided to delegate the energy minister — or a person appointed by the latter — to hold talks with Ukraine on a renewable energy and alternative fuels project.
The Cabinet also decided to delegate the foreign minister — or a person appointed by the latter — to discuss with the Albanian side an MoU about the reciprocal exemption of short-term visa for diplomatic and special passport holders for Saudis only, and diplomatic and service passport holders for Albanians only.
The Cabinet also decided that the Council for Family Affairs (women’s committee) should represent the Kingdom in the women’s development council at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.